What to do if you find dead or sick birds on the river or estuary. Possible Avian Flu.

AVIAN INFLUENZA information – if you find any dead birds in the estuary or Tidal Road

On Monday a dead young male swan was found on the estuary with no signs of injury or obvious cause of death. There is still a national outbreak of Avian flu, so maybe that was the cause here.

Defra and the RSPB both give the following advice;

Don’t touch!

Current advice on the DEFRA website states that they require reports of any dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks), gulls or birds of prey. We are being asked to remain vigilant for dead birds and report these where required.

For all other species, please continue to only report if five or more are found in the same place.

Please call the DEFRA helpline on 03459 33 55 77 (select option 7).

See DEFRA’s website here: www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu

Helpline staff will advise on whether or not they wish to collect the birds for further testing,

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